Himes tours Jones Farms: Learns about the farm operation, local preservation efforts

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, right, listens to Terry Jones, left, before taking a tour of the Jones family's 400-acre farm in Shelton’s White Hills section on Thursday.

With them are Tom Harbinson, second from left, who works at the farm and is Shelton Conservation Commission chairman, and Jamie Jones, third from left, Terry’s son and proprietor of the winery at the farm.

Himes toured the various parcels that make up Jones Family Farms, known for cut-your-own Christmas trees and pick-your own pumpkins, strawberries and blueberries. There also is a winery and cooking school.

Terry Jones told Himes about how 2,000 acres in the White Hills has been kept from intense development through a variety of methods — such as the existence of working farms, selling development rights, other conservation easements, city open space purchases, and land trust and water company land ownership.

“A bunch of tools has been used to preserve this land,” Terry Jones said.

Both Terry and Jamie Jones are involved in agricultural and land preservation organizations and efforts outside of Shelton as well, at the state and national levels.

Pumpkin season should open this weekend at the Jones’ Pumpkinseed Hill, which is on Beardsley Road north of Route 110.